Practical Magic 2 confirmed, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock in talks to return
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Practical Magic 2 confirmed, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock in talks to return

Sandra Bullock (left) and Nicole Kidman starred in Practical Magic (1998). Photo / Warner Bros.

The magical and macabre cult film is getting a sequel, with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock reportedly in talks to return for a sequel to Practical magic.

A definitive genre fusion film from the late 1990s – witches, zombies, curses, romance, pancakes, Faith Hill – is set to be revived with a new installment.

Warner Brothers is reviving the property and has confirmed it will produce a sequel to Practical magicthe 1998 film by Griffin Dunne (who recently released his memoir, detailing his childhood in Hollywood).

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It’s official… Practical Magic 2 is coming!

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Set in a small town in Massachusetts, the original starred Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Aidan Quinn, Goran Visnjic and a young Evan Rachel Wood.

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The protagonists of the first film are sisters Gillian and Sally Owens, Kidman and Bullock who are reportedly in talks to reprise their roles. And Warner Brothers appears to be fielding much of the original team.

Variety stated that the screenplay would be written by Akiva Goldsman (The customer, A beautiful spirit, Cinderella Man) who co-wrote Practical magic.

The outlet also reports that Kidman and Bullock are expected to be involved in producing roles, lending their star power to the production; Hollywood heavyweight Denise Di Novi, who produced the first film – as well as everything from Heathers, Edward Scissorhands And Little woman has Crazy, stupid, love And To focus – should join them.

Although the film, based on a 1995 novel by Alice Hoffman, debuted at number one at the box office, the worldwide gross failed to match its production budget and critical reception at home. era was mixed.

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Stockard Channing (left) and Dianne Wiest were part of the cast of Practical Magic.  Photo / Warner Bros.
Stockard Channing (left) and Dianne Wiest were part of the cast of Practical Magic. Photo / Warner Bros.

However, it has developed a cult following and has been revisited in recent years – Vogue called it a “classic”, The cup celebrated its 25th anniversary with a lengthy reread, and Channing sat down in 2020 with Vulture to reflect on the filming.

It’s probably not just a chick flick.

Practical magic has been widely touted as a supernatural romance, but the original film is a far richer text than some might assume, grappling with intergenerational trauma (and curses), social exclusion, prejudice and acceptance, family ties and destiny, the idea of ​​true love and the morality of revenge.

Recently, it has found a new audience, as younger generations have discovered the film and shared clips and stills on social media, with the costumes and aesthetic characterization proving to be popular fodder on Pinterest.

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are set to take part in producing the roles of the Practical Magic sequel.  Photo / Warner Bros.
Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are set to take part in producing the roles of the Practical Magic sequel. Photo / Warner Bros.

The nostalgia for the 1990s is captivating, so a sequel is timely.

With the women involved and the feminist tone of the first film – not to mention the long history and symbology around witches and societal tensions – we can expect these themes to be explored in the new film.

Practical magic the author published a sequel, The book of magicin 2021, and two prequels, The rules of magic And Magic Lessons, in 2017 and 2020 respectively. Will the new film translate any of these elements to the screen? We will wait and see.

Given the plot of the original film, it’s unlikely that Visnjic will be back as the dashing and dastardly Jimmy Angelov – although wouldn’t that be a nice twist?

Emma Gleason is the New Zealand HeraldAssociate Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor. Based in Auckland, she covers culture, entertainment and media.